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The mention of responsibility is everywhere in life, from praise for being responsible, to scolding when it is lacking. It is something that everyone is told they need to obtain. But, what is responsibility?

Many people associate responsibility with punctuality and keeping track of tangible items, but it is much more than that. Responsibility is a mental skill that can become a habitual virtue through its continuous practice. It starts out with basic duties such as being on time, but leads into a larger practice that can be utilized in all areas of life. By creating a good habit of being responsible, it can fuel the mind to strive towards success, exhibiting a strong work-ethic. Responsibility — along with work-ethic — is the key to success. If someone is responsible, they are a problem-solver: they know what they need to do, and know how to accomplish it successfully. These problem-solving skills are critical to achieve success. Without the virtue of responsibility, many people do not find work-ethic, something that can determine careers. If responsibility is not present, it does not matter how much someone knows. Knowledge is of no use if it is not applied in life. Responsibility and work-ethic must combine to successfully apply knowledge, but can only work alongside each other in order to do that.

Responsibility is a virtue and a skill, it needs to be practiced repeatedly for it to take effective action in one’s life. Responsibility also needs to work alongside honesty for successful relationships. By being responsible for actions or words, honesty is exemplified. And honesty leads to trust, which is the foundation of relationships. By being responsible, people in all aspects of life can find trust. Responsibility is essential for success, as it establishes relationships, and provides the path for good work-ethic.


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